Need to be braver-any tried and true foods?

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I need to expand my 16 month old's diet. He is PN, TN and EA. I have been very strict in the foods I allow him to eat but I know that I need to allow him to try other foods. He eats a ton of fruits and veggies, hotdishes with safe pasta and homemade sauce, potatoes, Nutrigrain bars, crackers, yogurt and cheese. I am wondering what foods/products you guys have found to cause no problems. Foods I have been wondering about are beans such as kidney, black, refried (he eats green beans and peas with no problems), french fries/hashbrowns, cold cereals, tortillas, frozen pizza, puddings/jellos. What about making homemade rice krispy bars? I have looked through hundreds of posts and have gotten some mixed responses or that date back a couple of years. Do you guys have this overwhelming fear of giving new foods or am I just being overly protective? I am in northern Minnesota is this makes a difference. Thanks for your thought and input!

On Apr 12, 2006

What we have done is introduce new foods slowly. When I do buy a new product, I do call on it if the labeling is vague, like "contains milk and soy". If it is clearly labeled with a "may contain other than PN/TN statement then we go ahead and try it. There are some things I worry about more than others like candies and cookies even if the label looks ok. We have made rice krispy treats to address your question! We use kellogg's rice krispies and kraft marshmallows. I only deal with PN/TN/shellfish allergies so I am not sure about whether or not marshmallow has egg in it. Trust your instinct as well, sometimes even after calling a company I get a bad feeling so we don't try that food. Best wishes! Shelley

On Apr 12, 2006

I have a 15 month old dd allergic to peanuts, dairy, egg, & soy. Our options are a little more limited than yours, but I have found a few things she likes! I have made rice krispy treats and she loves them. I used kraft brand marshmallows and according to the label, they are egg free.

Another of her favorites is an easy sloppy joe recipe I have made for years. Brown 1 lb of hamburger or ground turkey, can also add 1 onion here if you want. Drain fat. Add 1 can of chili beans - I think bush's was the brand I found that was safe and 1 cup of bbq sauce. Used kraft - also called on this to double check if it was safe. Simmer & eat! This is her new favorite! Since dairy is okay for you, this is also good with shredded cheese on top!

She had jello for the first time last week and it was fine. I think she had strawberry flavor. Tortilla's - I bought her a wheat brand from Wild Oats that was safe. Cereal - she's had cheerios & Life. She also likes craisins, raisins and loves dates. Just check labels.

Edited to add more ideas!

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On Apr 12, 2006

You might want to also check out the site [url="http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/index.php"]http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/index.php[/url] for more help with multiple food allergies and recipes.

BTW, the word "hotdish" in your post tipped me off that you are in MN [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

------------------ Jodi mom to: D 5/22/01 NKA Z 3/18/03 Peanut, Milk, Egg, etc.

On Apr 12, 2006

I was in your shoes when my daughter was your son's age (she's 3 now). She has the same exact allergies. It's so hard to introduce new foods and trust they won't cause a reaction.

I would suggest finding a food from a major manufacturer like Kraft, Nabisco, etc. that you'd like to introduce. If the labeling looks good, call the manufacturer and grill them on cross contamination. If you feel good about their response, then look up the item in the manufacturers forum which should help you make your decision. Everyone here has a different comfort zone level.

A good treat would be Kellogg's rice krispy treat squares (homemade ones are great but don't use marshmallow fluff since that contains eggs). My daughter has eaten the plain and other chocolate varieties with zero issues. And she is violently allergic to eggs.

I've learned to trust various manufactures' labels based on years of calling their 800#s over and over. Any subsidiary of Kraft is good in my book (Kraft, Nabisco, Oscar Mayer, etc.). I also use Tyson, Weaver, Ore-Ida, McCain's, Pepperidge Farm, Utz, Motts, Dannon or Yoplait, McCormick's spices and products, Rice-A-Roni, Kellogg's, General Mills, Hershey and Cadbury. I do always double check the labels because some of these companies do make other products I can't feed my daughter. But they label for cross contamination and I do completely trust them.

I don't feed her any ice creams except for Philly Swirl or homemade since it's one of those foods outside of my comfort zone, and also no store brands of any food. I have trouble with small company brands unless they make nothing with her allegens.

Give it time and with lots of homework and time on the phone, you will start to feel more comfortable introducing new foods.

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